Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hari Puttar Bollywood film wins court battle against Harry Potter and Warner Brothers

A court in India has dismissed a lawsuit by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers against the makers of Bollywood film "Hari Puttar".
By Chris Irvine writing in The Daily Telegraph.

Warner Bros, which owns the rights to the Harry Potter franchise, had argued the Indian film sounded too similar to the name of JK Rowling's wizard hero.
But lawyers for both sides have said the case has now been dismissed.

The New Delhi court said Warner Bros could have brought the case three years ago and said readers could easily distinguish Hari Puttar from Harry Potter.
The decision means the film can now be released in India.

Warner Bros said in a statement on Monday it was assessing the ruling adding it believes the film's title "unfairly sought to confuse consumers and benefit from the well-known and well-loved Harry Potter brand."
For the full story go to The Telegraph online.

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